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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 -- Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today named the Republican lawmakers who will lead the panel's subcommittees in the 114th Congress.
Dec. 10, 2014 - The Clean Water Act provisions in the massive fiscal 2015
spending agreement are likely to do little to slow an effort by farm groups to
kill a proposed rule defining the law's jurisdiction.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2014 - The Transportation Department's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil-rig flare stack inspections.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 - The House of Representatives today passed a bill that its Republican backers say would bring some relief to drought-plagued California while Democratic opponents say it would weaken environmental laws and possibly ignite a water war between the northern and southern parts of the state.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 -- Incoming House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway is setting up a separate subcommittee to oversee federal nutrition programs, confirming that food stamps and other feeding programs will be a major focus in the next Congress.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the incoming chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today named eight new Republican members who will serve on the panel in the 114th Congress.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - The House is set to pass a bill this week that would provide legal authority for the first time to President Obama's Feed the Future initiative, a $1-billion-a-year effort to increase food production and combat hunger in 19 target countries.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 - Eight states will participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables to increases purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meal programs.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2014 -- Sam Kass, the personal chef to the first family and the executive director of Michelle Obama's (Let's Move!) initiative, is leaving the White House at the end of the month to live full-time in New York.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - High-level leaders in the ag industry, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Trade Ambassador Darci Vetter, and our own Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant will convene in Washington Dec. 10-11 for the 2014 Farm Journal Forum.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2014 -- The shipping industry is
losing a bid to increase the amount of U.S. food aid that must be transported
by American carriers, a move that would likely boost the cost of moving the commodities.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says
President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will provide some help to the agriculture industry, but
he says Congressional action is needed to make sure U.S. farmers have the legal
workforce they need.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014- An animal welfare group's video depicting unhealthy conditions at a poultry farm operated by a contract grower for Perdue Farms claims to provide (an unprecedented look at a so-called humane American chicken factory farm.)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - Four House Democrats are asking U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to provide details on labor provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the ambitious trade deal is finalized.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 -- The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at undoing President Obama's executive action on immigration, despite little hope that it would pass in the lame-duck Senate, and in the face of a veto threat from the White House.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2014 -- The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to reinstate for this year a series of expired tax breaks that are important to farmers, landowners, biofuel producers and the wind industry. The package of tax extenders passed 378-16, clearing the way for final passage in the Senate before the lame-duck session ends.
As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. In his first audio interview on ag issues this year, Conaway covers a wide variety of topics. He expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda. The Texas Republican says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate. Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions overall volumes.